• Counting Crows Go Label-Free

    The Counting Crows have ended their eighteen-year label relationship with Geffen Records (now part of Universal Music Group), lead singer Adam Duritz says on the band’s website. Duritz says the band will go it alone, saying “the internet opens a world of limitless possibility, where the only boundaries are the boundaries of your own imagination.” Apparently UMG… Read More

  • SXSW – where everybody knows your Twitter name

    “In the last two days I’ve had better conversations about the technology we’ve developed than I’ve had in the past 2 years in London.” So said one of the UK entrepreneurs on the Digital Mission to me while we shared beers in a bar at one of the myriad events to happen at South By South West Interactive (SXSWi) in Austin Texas. But that doesn’t mean… Read More

  • Shake-Up At The Global Grind. CEO Navarrow Wright Shoved Aside By Russell Simmons.

    While working on a follow-up story to the Global Grind celebrity mass that they currently perpetrate as content I came across something much more interesting. The CEO of the company Navarrow Wright is no longer listed on the company About Us page suggesting that Wright and the company have parted ways. A cached version of the page from March 17th at 6:28pm still lists him as CEO so the split… Read More

  • Happy St. Patty's Day from CrunchGear

    The crew just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe St. Patrick’s day before we go off to get you an exclusive review of some delicious lager. Drink responsibly, and try to talk about something other than iPhones. I’ve got Apple-induced nausea at the moment, and the only prescription is spicy ramen, green beer, and company. Paddy? Patty? Let’s call the whole thing off. Read More

  • iPhone OS 3.0 Beta Hands-On [Update]

    After refreshing developer.apple.com 347923691423964 times I could finally manage to download the beta version of the iPhone OS 3.0. It is available only for those in possession of a developer account and a registered iPhone in the developer program. So no, you should not download this from torrent, it will have your iPhone wiped and locked, inactivated unless you have a dev account. Anyway… Read More

  • Major Book Publishers Start Turning To Scribd

    Online document sharing site Scribd has announced that it has partnered with a number of major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing Co., Berrett-Koehler, Thomas Nelson, and Manning Publications, to legally offer some of their content to Scribd’s community free of charge. Publishers have begun to add an array of content to Scribd’s… Read More

  • MySpaceID Gets An Upgrade, But Did It Already Miss The Boat?

    MySpace has just released a major upgrade for MySpaceID, its product that allows users to sign in to third party sites with their MySpace credentials to import their social graphs and profile information into these third party services. The update addresses many of the features MySpaceID has lacked since it first launched last June, including the ability to syndicate activity feed items… Read More

  • Watch the iPhone 3.0 keynote in its entirety

    Sure, we liveblogged it, scored it, and summarized it, but if you crave more iPhone 3.0, I’ve got just the thing for you. Apple’s got video of the whole thing ready to stream, at your command. Plus, we’ll have a hands on in just a few minutes, so hang tight. Read More

  • Too Busy To Pray? Don't Worry – Indulgences Are Back!

    Martin Luther must be turning in his grave. He was able to fight the Roman Catholic Church over indulgences and managed to avoid being burned at the stake. But Luther didn’t face an even greater enemy: the Internet. Enter Information Age Prayer, a new web service that lets you pay for computer prayers. The company uses “the latest technology in text-to-speech synthesizers”… Read More

  • Tanita and Garmin team up to help your personal trainer wirelessly monitor you

    Tanita just announced that they’ve teamed up with Garmin to create a wireless body composition monitor to wirelessly link all kinds of fitness information to your PC or even a Garmin FR60 Fitness Watch. Now you’ll be able to constantly track such exciting information as your body fat percentage, hydration levels, and metabolic age rating in real time. Read More

  • Gallery: New, Unannounced Podcast features in iPhone OS 3.0

    The more our guys play with the the new iPhone OS 3.0 firmware, the more little gems they’re finding. Tucked away within the Podcast playback screen are a few subtle changes that went unmentioned during today’s announcement. Apple did say there were some 100 new features in the new OS, so it’ll probably be awhile before we see them all. New Podcast Features: The Repeat… Read More

  • Echodio Lets You Sync Your iTunes To The Cloud (300 Invites)

    Another Y Combinator startup launched at the SXSW festival: Echodio. It lets you back up your iTunes music library to the Web and then stream it from there. At launch it only supports streaming through Boxee, the media browser. But in a few weeks it will launch its own Web player, which will allow you to stream your iTunes songs from any computer with a Web browser. TechCrunch readers can… Read More

  • Nobody is Dancing At ChaCha. One Third Of Employees Get Pink Slips, Salary Cuts For The Rest

    Mobile Q&A answer service ChaCha is shedding one third of its employees. We’ve confirmed with the company that it laid off 25 people, leaving it with 56 employees. ChaCha cited the layoffs as necessary to ensure profitability in the future. The layoffs have been added to the TechCrunch layoff tracker. From one tipster who says she was let go today: Wanted to drop you a quick… Read More

  • Shooting down mosquitos with laser beams

    Remember Reagan and his infamous Star Wars Defense Initiative? 25 years ago, scientists suggested that the U.S. build a network of laser equipped satellites to knock down Soviet missiles out of the sky. While that idea never really took off, the technology is currently being re-purposed to shoot down mosquitoes. Read More

  • Steam now supports DLC, micropayments

    Now that Steam supports DLC, micropurchases (like horse armor), and extra levels, you can expect the same crippled, semi-complete games you get at retail places. After all, why release a whole game when you can release two thirds of it and then charge $10 for the ending? Read More

  • Gallery and Initial Impressions: iPhone OS 3.0

    Just announced this morning, iPhone OS 3.0 is the talk of the town. Though Apple’s SDK distribution servers had a rough time handling the initial rush this morning, things have since stabilized and developers are starting to flash their handsets to the first beta copies of the new software. In turn, the first screenshots and early impressions have started to trickle in to our… Read More

  • The Perils Of Cloud Computing: Privacy Group Wants To Take Your Gmail Away

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the privacy and security measures of Gmail, Google Docs and Google’s other “cloud computing” services for consumers. The complaint highlights Google’s recent security breach with Google Docs, citing this as one example of the dangers of putting consumers’ data… Read More

  • After Facebook And The Obama Campaign, Chris Hughes Takes a Post At General Catalyst

    Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder who left the social networking company two years ago to head up Barack Obama’s enormously successful Web outreach campaign, is coming back to the startup world as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst Partners. He will divide his time between Boston and New York. His role at the VC firm will be to work closely with young entrepreneurs… Read More

  • Elecom's "Scope Node" mouse is supposedly like holding a pen

    Elecom is an excitable (lots of exclamations) Japanese electronics manufacturer that makes a lot of different stuff, among which is an extensive line-up of mice. I like the Egg Mouse and this one with a thumb wheel orientated differently from most. But this “Scope Node” one is intriguing, even if I’m a bit skeptical. It purports (as far as the translation allows it to purport)… Read More

  • Nonoba Enters The Flash Games Arena With GameRise, A "Ning For Gaming Sites"

    We already had HeyZap, the “YouTube for Flash games” and Game Curry, a search engine for Flash games, so not that much of a surprise we now have a “Ning for Flash games” that lets anyone create a gaming website much like Marc Andreessen’s service does the same for social networking sites. Danish startup / gaming community Nonoba is taking a crack at just that… Read More

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